Posts By bisd

Bummer and Lazarus: Street Dogs and Friends

Bummer and Lazarus were stray dogs who wandered the streets of San Francisco in the 1860s, begging for handouts and patrolling the area for rats to kill. They were also good pals who were unified in all they did. Bummer was said to do the biting; Lazarus the barking. The bond that grew between the… read more


First War Dog to Carry Messages in World War I

The first war dog to carry messages for the Allies in World War I was a Belgian Sheepdog named Taki. The French military had begun working with Belgian Sheepdogs to train them as messengers for the war, and Taki, the youngest of the dogs to be enlisted into the French military, was born in the… read more

Hickory and Kemp, Two Seeing Eye Dogs Take Manhattan: A Love Story

“Noble and goofy” is how Lloyd Burlingame describes the two seeing eye dogs with which he has been partnered over the past fifteen years or so. And “noble and goofy” is very much the spirit of the book he has written about navigating Manhattan with his two different dogs. While readers are given interesting background… read more

The Dogs of Ronald Reagan

Ronald and Nancy Reagan were definitely “animal people” and had several dogs. Before, during, and after the presidency (spanning from 1981-89), Ronald Reagan also was frequently seen on horseback, often accompanied by Nancy. In 1987, the press was nearby when he was in Nebraska about to go off on a ride and he left them… read more

The Story of Toto/Terry

The 1939 film of The Wizard of Oz is memorable for many reasons, and one of them is certainly the presence of Dorothy’s adorable dog, Toto. How the dog came to be cast in the starring role is a perfect Hollywood story as it involves unkind, deadbeat owners, the rescue of the little dog by… read more


Abraham Lincoln’s Dog, Fido

While living in Springfield, Illinois, the Lincoln family had several Lincoln’s animals including a dog named Fido (ca. 1855-1865). Fido was a yellow, mixed-breed dog who was said to accompany Lincoln when he went into town, sometimes carrying a parcel home from the market for Lincoln, or Fido would wait outside the barbershop while Lincoln… read more

The Latest in Therapy Dogs: Calming Passengers at Airports

The very thought of going to the airport today brings up a feeling of dread in most of us—the stress of preparing for a trip, the inconvenience of going through security, the uncertainty of when your plane will actually leave if there are delays. In addition, there is the emotional stress of good-byes. Many travelers—including… read more


Midnight Sun, A Remarkable Police Dog (1926)

Midnight Sun was a gorgeous German shepherd that became the hero of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, a small town in central Oklahoma. Midnight Sun’s claim to fame? He proved to be an excellent Midnight Sunpolice dog. Midnight Sun was a purebred German shepherd owned by a local oil man by the name of W.H. Gragg. Gragg frequently… read more

Working Dogs Kept Telephone Lines Open On Mount Rainier

Throughout history, working dogs have been important to working dogs, The use of sled dogs to keep communications open during winters on Mount Rainier is just one of many stories that could be told of well-trained working dogs. Early Exploration Located in Washington state southeast of Seattle, Mount Rainier is the highest peak (14,4141 feet)… read more

Diabetic Alert Dog Permits Teacher to Live Normally

Ija is a trained service dog (diabetic alert dog) who signals her owner when blood glucose levels are changing and then alerts her as to whether the levels are rising or falling so appropriate action can be taken. Ija has made it possible for teacher Lisa Loftis to live more easily with type 1 diabetes…. read more

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